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Twardowski Career Development Center

Skills Employers Want & Word List

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Twardowski Career Development Center

Address:
225 Lawrence Center
705 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2501
General: cdc@wcupa.edu
Employers: recruit@wcupa.edu


Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm (Fall & Spring Semesters)
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm (Summer)

The career center follows the University’s calendar for holidays, delays, and closures.


Drop-In Hours (no appointment needed):
Monday-Friday: 1:00-3:00pm


About The Center & Staff Directory

Skills Employers Want & Word Lists

To demonstrate your skills to employers, it is important to use strong action verbs throughout your resume. When describing your experiences, start each phrase with a different action verb. Review our list of action verbs and associated skills to help you write strong accomplishment-focused statements.

List of Action Verbs

Skills Employers Want

Each year the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) releases an updated list of what employers are looking for from current students and recent grads. The chart below is adapted from Job Outlook 2017 with the permission of NACE, copyright holder, and shows the attributes employers seek most on a candidate's resume (including all majors and industries).

Ability to Work in a Team

78.0%

Problem-Solving Skills

77.3%

Communication Skills (Written)

75.0%

Strong Work Ethic

72.0%

Communication Skills (Verbal)

70.5%

Leadership

68.9%

Initiative

65.9%

Analytical/Quantitative Skills

64.4%

Flexibility/Adaptibility

63.6%

Detail-Oriented

62.1%

Interpersonal Skills (Relates Well to Others)

58.3%

Technical Skills

56.8%

Computer Skills

49.2%

Organizational Ability

47.7%

Strategic Planning Skills

37.9%

Friendly/Outgoing Personality

25.8%

Tactfulness

25.8%

Creativity

21.2%

Entrepreneurial Skills/Risk-Taker

19.7%

Fluency in a Foreign Language

4.5%

Learn More about Resumes and Cover Letters

Career Readiness Skills

Employers seek certain skills when hiring for internships and jobs - skills that make you "Career Ready ". Check out these short videos to learn more about Communication, Professionalism, Teamwork & Collaboration, and more! 

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